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Egg Pawns (also referred to as Eggpawns) are a common variety of robots created by Dr. Eggman in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, making their first appearance in Sonic Heroes. Egg Pawns frequently appear in the Mario & Sonic series, where they most commonly appear as obstacles in Dream Events, but in later instalments Egg Pawns are also used as extra team members for Events that require larger team sizes.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games
Egg Pawns first appear in the Mario franchise in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. In the Wii version, Egg Pawns appear in Dream Race, where a pair of them appear as obstacles on the track moving at a slow speed. When the player collides with them, the Egg Pawns will explode and cause the character to be temporarily stunned lose speed, though the Egg Pawns will shortly respawn.
In the Nintendo DS version, regular Egg Pawns appear as targets in Dream Shooting, as well as a variety with a shield that take multiple shots to destroy. A giant Egg Pawn with a shield acts as a final boss for the event, which takes a large number of hits for the characters to defeat but awards a larger point score to the character that gets the last hit. Egg Pawns also appear as enemies for the player to hit in Shoot!, and as a character to be sorted in Conveyor Belt.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games
In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, Egg Pawns appear as basic obstacles in both the Individual and Team versions of Dream Alpine and the Individual and Team versions of Dream Snowboard Cross, where they cause the player to fall over and lose speed when hit. The Egg Pawns can be destroyed if they hit by a character under the effects of the Super Star. Egg Pawns also appear in the second segment of the Sonic World version of Dream Figure Skating, where the characters jump from Springs to defeat them during the routine.
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games
In the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Egg Pawns appear as an enemy in Dream Fencing, where they will periodically appear and run around the stage. Characters will lose some of their health if they are hit by the Egg Pawns, however they can be defeated by a single thrust. A Mii outfit based on an Egg Pawn can also be unlocked.
In the Nintendo 3DS version, Egg Pawns appear in Handball, where they throw the balls at the goal which the player must defend, and Football, where one appears as the goalie and another appears as a defender depending on the player's performance. In the game's Story Mode, an Egg Pawn appears in the bonus episode Junior, Super Hero?, where it initially appears attacking Omochao and a Chao with a Flapper, but is defeated by Bowser Jr.. A badge of an Egg Pawn can also be obtained from the badge machine.
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Although Egg Pawns do not physically appear in Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Mii outfit based on them returns.
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
In the Wii U version of Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, different colors of Egg Pawns appear as a selectable set of three extra team mates for Rugby Sevens and Duel Rugby Sevens, and as a selectable goalie for Football and Duel Football. The Egg Pawn Mii outfit also returns, but as with the other outfits in the game it must now be collected in two separate head and body parts.
In the Nintendo 3DS version, Egg Pawns appear in Football and Football Plus as the teammates for Jet and Shadow, although Shadow has a special variety. An Egg Pawn also appears as one of the goalies. An Egg Pawn also appears in 110m Hurdles Plus to operate the mechanical hurdles.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Egg Pawns reappear in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, serving as the goalies in Football and the extra teammates in Rugby Sevens if the team's captain is a Sonic character, where they are colored either red or blue depending on which team they are on. Egg Pawns also appear as enemies in several of the story mode minigames.